The Language of “Non Thought”
World Mission Society Church of God members are notorious for using the “language of non-thought”. The language of non-thought is a term that Dr. Robert J. Lifton, an expert in the field of psychiatry, calls out in his famous 8 criteria for thought reform. These are statements that are:
“repetitiously centered on all-encompassing jargon, prematurely abstract, highly categorical, relentlessly judging, and to anyone but its most devoted advocate, deadly dull“
The language of non-thought is often used in close connection with other logical fallacies. WMSCOG members are especially guilty of employing the ad-hominem, and the non-sequitur logical fallacies during debate. I thought it would be fun to put together a collection of often-used statements by WMSCOG members and break them down to show the errors in logic. You won’t have to go far to see members using these statements. A quick scan of YouTube or the blogosphere will quickly show these comments in common usage amongst members. These statements are flaws in reasoning, which any one or any group can say and it wouldn’t prove their point, as we will now demonstrate:
Many groups say this, including the WMSCOG.
Yes, but that doesn’t make your interpretation correct.
Criticism is not evidence of truth.
No, it is a sign that a person’s mind is working to seek the truth.